The Eastern Illinois Panthers (11-9, 4-4 OVC) will attempt to snap the nine-game winning streak of Murray State when they travel to CFSB Center to square off with the Racers (15-5, 8-0 OVC). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
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In the Panthers’ last matchup, they won a close one over the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 61-59. With 11 points and 11 rebounds, Eastern Illinois’ George Dixon had a solid game. The Panthers had a solid free throw rate of 0.302 (above their season average of 0.219) and held the Redhawks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.386 (below their season average of 0.469).
The Racers hope to maintain momentum after topping the Tennessee State Tigers in their last game, 76-64. Murray State’s Devin Gilmore was a key piece with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Murray State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.346 (above their season average of 0.291) and a turnover percentage of 18.5 (worse than their season average of 16.8). Tennessee State had marks of 0.163 and 25.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The aggressive Murray State offense might be living from the foul line in this meeting. The Racers rank 13th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.294, while Eastern Illinois ranks 257th in FTA rate allowed (0.247).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Racers won both meetings played against each other last season. In the last contest, Murray State won 86-75. The Racers played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.292 and a turnover percentage of 10.6. For those same stats, the Panthers had marks of 0.113 and 17.5, respectively.
Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Murray State Racers Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Murray State, ATS Winner – Murray State, O/U – Under
The Panthers rank 218th in three pointers attempted per game (19.3) while the Racers rank 241st (18.3).
Murray State ranks fifth in rebounds allowed per game (29.1) while Eastern Illinois ranks 171st (35.9).
The Panthers average 4.6 blocks per game, which ranks 35th in the NCAA. The Racers rank 135th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
Murray State ranks 31st in assists per game (15.6) while Eastern Illinois ranks 81st (14.2).
The Racers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.2, down from 13.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 75.2 points per game (0.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (0.3 below their season average).